What are the 3 truths a brain injury attorney wants everyone to know?
If you or someone you love has suffered head trauma as a result of an accident, you may be considering whether or not to hire a brain injury attorney. While your time and energy should be focused most on recovery, you’ll also want to ensure you’re receiving the best possible treatment, along with all the benefits and damages to which you may be entitled.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim Involving Brain Trauma
After many years in the personal injury business, there isn’t much our law firm hasn’t seen. And as a result, there a few things we want everyone to know about brain injury litigation. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does cover some of the most common questions, as well as the things we wish people knew in advance:
- The process of filing a personal injury case is difficult.
If anyone tells you otherwise, they are lying to you. In addition to requiring objective evidence (brain scans, like MRIs, DTIs and CTs), insurance companies often attempt to claim the condition was preexisting. This can lead to a variety of tactics designed to misrepresent the facts of your case, and microscopic examination of your life, including any previous injuries or illness. Your attorney should be familiar with the games these companies play and advise you on how you can best defend against them.
- Recovery (and payment) can be slooooow for your personal injury.
In some cases, individuals are back on their feet in no time. However, this isn’t always the case. You’ll need to work with your medical team to create a long-term prognosis, based on the medical facts of your case, once your condition has stabilized. You’ll also want to delay any lawsuits until you have a firm prognosis in hand; otherwise, you run the risk of limiting your payout and suffering complications and extraneous medical bills further down the road.
The result of this waiting game is your reimbursements and damages may take a long time to appear. While Hollywood court dramas make it seem like people get paid overnight, that just isn’t reality. You’ll need to work with your lawyer on how best to file your various claims, and identify what benefits you’re entitled to in both the immediate and long terms, including disability.
- The insurance company does not have your interests at heart regarding your injury.
An adjuster’s job is to pay as little as possible on every claim and to ensure you forego any options to file again at a later date. They will push you to sign papers immediately, offering “generous” amounts tempting you to settle before the full scope of your injury may be known. Having them speak only with your attorney ensures you aren’t bullied, harassed, or otherwise talked into something that isn’t in your best interest. It also prevents the insurance companies from using tape recordings of you as cognitive proof, or proof of coherence, during the trial.
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